• What are some baby care skills every new parent should master?

    Parents’ lives are filled with joy when their newborn arrives. As new parents, they experience various contradictory emotions when holding their newborns for the first time. Despite the feeling of excitement, happiness, and hope, parents also experience anxiety, fear, and a sense that they aren’t doing enough for the child.

    Clearly, parenting is an extraordinary journey. The combination of inexpressible joy and immense responsibility is epic and requires many baby care skills. New parents undergo a life-changing experience when they welcome a newborn. Everything in their lives changes in an instant. Whether it’s physical or emotional, everything about their life changes. Additionally, parents’ sleep schedules and diets are affected by the new challenges of adapting to new routines.

    New parents only need to learn a few essential skills. Here are some guidelines.

    1. Holding the baby comfortably

    After the baby is born, they will be in your arms, a delicate, overwhelming experience. The most basic rule is to support both the head and the neck while also supporting the body. During the early stages of a newborn’s life, their neck muscles are not fully developed. Always hold the baby’s head and body simultaneously with your hands whenever you pick them up, cradle, or carry them—at least for the first three months until they can lift their head on their own.

    2. Get the baby to sleep and get some rest yourself.

    To make this work as a team, you’ll need to work in shifts and master your baby care skills. Newborns wake every two to three hours to feed. Swaddling can be an effective way to soothe unhappy, sleepless, crying babies. 

    Some babies respond in a sensitive manner to touch, light or sound. Small tweaks can create a suitable environment for them to calm down. Try to keep the sound and light low in the room when the baby is sleeping. Making such adjustments will help the baby sleep better and in comfort while giving you enough time to rest too.

    3. Nursing

    Feeding the baby is the most predominant worry. You might have many questions-How are you feeding the baby? Is it okay to bottle-feed? How to know if the baby is feeding enough?

    Newborns could nurse every 2-3 hours. So developing a strategy is vital for surviving the on-demand feeding phase. Do reach out to your doctor or a lactation consultant if you face any challenges when you breastfeed your baby. Your doctor will give you helpful information and may even suggest you take classes on feeding your baby correctly. Also, inform your doctor if you are taking any medications or supplements. They can determine whether the medicines are safe during the nursing period. 

    Don’t forget to purchase breastfeeding supplies and baby essentials when shopping at the baby store for yourself and the baby, such as a pacifier, breast pump, nursing cover, nursing pillow, and a cold compress for breast engorgement or infections.

    4. It’s Burping Time

    The infant swallows a lot of air while feeding. They are uncomfortable due to the trapped air in their tiny bellies.

    Every time your baby feeds, burp him afterward to ensure that he sleeps peacefully, and you can also sleep. Burping your baby is best done when you hold him near your chest and rest his chin on your shoulder. Use your hand to support his head and shoulders, and gently rub his back. The trapped air in your baby’s tummy will escape and facilitate the digestion of milk. Comfortable babies sleep peacefully.

    5. Taking a bath

    Most parents are a little apprehensive about taking their newborns for a bath. The main concern is how to handle and bathe their babies simultaneously. 

    Baby’s don’t need baths as often as adults do. Your baby can also be cleaned with a sponge bath. Bathe the baby after the umbilical cord has completely dried and fallen.

    Make sure the water in your baby’s tub is warm before letting them sit in it. Do not let the water become too hot. In addition, never leave your baby unattended in the bathtub. Use baby care products like baby oils and lotion to keep your baby’s skin soft but make sure to test it before applying it to the baby’s skin.

    6. Diaper Change 

    Parents certainly struggle with changing their babies’ soiled diapers.

    Ensure your baby is wearing the softest diaper possible like a Merries diaper, which will fit them perfectly.

    Changing it is necessary if you don’t want your baby to get rashes. It would help if all the supplies are prepared beforehand. Before removing a dirty diaper from the changing table, prepare a clean diaper which can be either tape or pant style Merries diaper, rash cream, wet wipes, disposable bags, and other baby care products.

    When wiping the poop, be sure to wipe it from front to back. Choosing the opposite will significantly increase your child’s chances of getting infection. Also, the micro-airy channels of Merries Diapers keep the diaper surface dry which prevents infection. 

    As you delve into the euphoric journey of parenting, we hope that these parenting tips will ease the transition and help you prepare for the beautiful change in your life. Merries India is not just a brand, they are a promise, a bond and constant support which can be seen in their endeavours on the website’s blog section. 

    Choose Merries diapers for you baby. The premium diapers are dermatology tested and very soft, comfortable and safe for your baby’s skin. 

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